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intensified and weather picks up, this is just the beginning. >> reporter: the faa has ordered 14,750 air traffic controllers on furlough two days a month. that's to help make up for $600 million in mandatory budget cuts called sequester. the faa sahacaed 400 delays nationwide on sunday averaging 85 minutes at new york's laguardia airport and 70 minutes at jfk. sporadic delays were also reported monday in charlotte, north carolina, and jacksonville, florida. transportation department head ray lahood says there was no other choice. >> we eliminated contracts. we cut contracts. we eliminated temporary employees. we looked everywhere possible to avoid the kind of furloughs that are now taking place. >> reporter: not everyone agrees. nick represents the airline industry which is suing to stop the furloughs. >> the faa has a budget of $15.6 billion. in a budget that big surely they can find the money to not furlough the air traffic controllers and have this kind of rolling impact on the u.s. economy. it's going to cost a lot more. >> reporter: critics argue president obama wants the public to
the very latest ahead. adam: plus fibers -- flyers get ready for long delays. the faa says they are coming through. is it a warning or threat thanks to sequestration? we're live from one of the country's biggest airports next. first time to see how oil is trading friday night, buy. you are gonna need a wingman. and my cash back keeps the party going. but my airne miles take it worldwide. [ male announcer ] it shouldn't be this hard. with creditcards.com, it's easy to search hundreds of cards and apply online. creditcards.com. adam: get ready for some massive delays at the nation's airports. the faa is warning that 7,000 flights a day could be delayed due to furloughs of air traffic controllers as a result of sequestration. our jeff flock is at chicago's o'hare international airport with the headaches. >> i know we've heard about this before, adam but this time they're serious. really this could be bad. let's give you a lowdown on the furloughs. by the way, lots of delays out here today. but that is weather, not furloughs yet. here is what will happen. the furloughs will start on sunday. th
i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
, i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, two hours in chicago and 1 hour and 20 minutes in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the controllers complain they're being used as political pawns. >> it's the piece of sequestration that affects americans the most. and i don't think that it's fair that air traffic control, particularly air traffic controllers are being used as a pawn. >> ray lahood has a message. >> tell them to fix sequester, and this will go away. >> the administration seems to be saying that any solution to put the air traffic controllers to work must include an overall roll back of the sequester. which does not look like something that's going to happen any time soon. the next few months could be a nightmare for travelers. >> the
. soon they'll be facing long waits at the terminal as well. last week the f.a.a. -- that the federal aviation administration -- announced it's starting this week thousands of flights every day that will be delayed for up to three hours because of the devastating, ash administer cuts of -- ash terror cuts of sequester strags, the f.a.a. is forced to furlough thousands of workers. this could lead to 6,700 flight delays eay this summer. i repeat, every day 6,700 delayed flights. by comparison, the worst travel day of last year 2012 was about 3,000 flights being delayed. this was after severe thunderstorms accompanied by two-inch hailstorms, and a 90-mile-an-hour wind that wiped across the northeast and a tornado touched down in new york. that, mr. president, caused 3,000 flight delays. on any day if this sequester strags kicks in, it will double that. travelers were stranded at airports across the country during that real bad day we had last week. some were stranded for days. mr. president, it's going to be worse than that. as i said, this summer more than twice that number of flights w
had a loved one who has been injured. as of right now the faa has issued a temporary flight restriction over the area. the texas commission on environmental quality is providing air monitoring and technical assistance. texas task force one has been alerted to provide structural collapse support. the union pacific railroad has halted freight service. and local authorities have turned off utility service in the area including gas and electricity. there is an incident command center at a triage center, but they been recently moved due to fears that additional tanks could be at risk. theme, part of the department, has been activated and stands ready t assist texas upon request. the state fire marshal's office, the texas dps, the waco fire hazmat and other state agenes are also responding. the american red cross is working with local emergency management to identify shelter management assistance. we have within fema activated and incident management assistant jim, three preliminary damage assessment teams, and we are also standing by to assist in any other way. our eoc remains at
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